CFL Countdown -- London Free Press picks

Steve Coad -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

Ottawa (4-8) at Calgary (2-10) The skinny: Friday, 9 p.m. (TSN). All hell broke loose the night these teams last met (July 29). Ottawa's rookie placekicker Sandro Sciortino kicked a field goal with 2.6 seconds remaining, completing the Renegades' improbable comeback from 15 points down with less than five minutes remaining in a 31-30 win over the Stamps. A fumble in the final minute by Calgary's QB set the stage for Sciortino's heroics. The loss cost Calgary's run-challenged offensive co-ordinator John Jenkins his job. It was the final straw, putting another hat on Matt Dunigan, already the Stamps general manager and head coach. Ottawa hasn't done a thing since, dropping five straight. The Stamps' D looked better in back-to-back losses against Edmonton last week.

Cody's call: Renegades 21-16

Toronto (6-4-1) at Winnipeg (5-7)

The skinny: Saturday, 3 p.m. (CBC). The Argos haven't played since Sept. 6 in what was a thrilling, if bizarre 30-30 draw against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. So, the Boatmen will be rested and ready to go. The Bombers come in buoyed by back-to-back wins over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, victories that suggest Khari Jones's days in Winnipeg may be numbered (he's likely not alone, either). Burdened by injuries, high expectations and a fat new contract, Jones, 33, is struggling through his worst season in years (when he isn't hurt or being yanked). The same can't be said for his replacement, 25-year-old Kevin Glenn, who in Sunday's 27-24 win over Saskatchewan, threw for 265 yards and made 100-yard receivers out of Keith Stokes and Derrick Smith.

Cody's call: Argos 27-17

Edmonton (7-5) at B.C. (8-3)

The skinny: Saturday, 10 p.m. (CBC). Tough call. The Eskimos have won four in a row. The victim list includes Saskatchewan, Ottawa and Calgary twice. The Lions are even hotter, having won seven straight. B.C.'s last loss was July 9, a 25-9 chilling at the hands of the Eskimos. That squared their season series 1-1, the Lions prevailing 41-34 in Week 2. The only sure thing is that Mike Pringle will break George Reed's CFL career rushing record of 16,116 yards. Friday night at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, with his bundled-up mom in the stands and Reed poised on the sidelines, Pringle rushed 26 times for 114 yards -- one yard shy of the record. Next in line? Damon Allen, who's way, way back at 11,204 yards.

Cody's call: Lions 34-24

Saskatchewan (4-8) at Hamilton (5-6-1)

The skinny: Sunday, 2 p.m. The Roughriders have lost three straight, including two to West Division rival Winnipeg, but there was good news out of the Roughies' 27-24 loss to the Bombers on Sunday. Saskatchewan QB Henry Burris, challenged to be better by head coach Danny Barrett, was back on top of his game after a fumbling performance against the Bombers Sept. 5, a game the Roughriders lost 17-4 mostly due to the fact Burris didn't protect the football. This time out, the athletic but inconsistent Burris completed 21 of 33 passes for 243 yards, a TD and an interception. He also ran 10 times for 76 yards. At least this time he didn't have to wear the goat horns. The Ticats, steamrolled in Montreal on Sunday, are still 2-1-1 in their last four games. What home team wouldn't feel the love at Ivor Wynne, which has sold out (28,830) the last two games. The 'Riders are 1-5 on the road this season.

Cody's call: Tiger-Cats 27-16

Season record Last week: 3-1; overall: 32-20-1


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